The Penn State College of Medicine has both merit and need-based scholarships. Need-based scholarships are awarded based upon family financial strength as determined by the financial data provided for both student/spouse and parents on the FAFSA. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based upon a number of criteria including faculty recommendations. Some have a need component and some do not.

In 2016-2017, 59.7 percent of our MD students received a scholarship that did not require a service commitment, and 5 percent received scholarships tied to a service commitment (Health Professions Scholarships and National Health Service Corps).

Scholarships with a Service Commitment

These scholarships usually cover complete tuition, fees, educational expenses and a living allowance. Each program is slightly different and should be researched completely before making a commitment.

  • Health Professions Scholarships: Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard
  • National Health Service Corps

Scholarships from Outside Sources

Scholarships are available from private sources, but you must take the initiative to research availability and follow through with the application process. The following are suggestions for finding potential assistance opportunities:

  • Scholarship directories in libraries or student aid offices
  • Internet databases such as FastWeb
  • Research centers
  • Cultural and┬áDiversity Scholarship Fund
  • Local medical societies and chapters of AMA
  • Charitable foundations
  • Service clubs such as Lions, Rotary, etc.

Scholarship information from outside sources received by the Office of Student Aid is available outside the Student Aid office on the bulletin board.